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Horrible Indy crash ends with English man's death

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    Posted: 18 Oct 2011 at 08:58


RIP Dan Wheldon!

Edited by Panther - 18 Oct 2011 at 09:01
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By the way, his car is the second one that is launched no less than 3 meters off the ground. Though, by my guesstimation judging from the video, the height the vehicle may have reached could have been up to 6 meters?
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Definitely not 6m (20ft) probably 3m.
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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The aerial view certainly looked like he went that high. Plus, i read that when he was launched he was still at race speed.
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Tragic. I don't know much about Indy racing, are critical/fatal accidents rare?


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Yes they are. The last Indy car death was in 2006 during a practice session.
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However, fatalities are a lot more common in Indy and other circular races rather than in F1. Perhaps the driving in ovalums should be replaced by standard race driving, which is safer.
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Originally posted by Dolphin Dolphin wrote:

Tragic. I don't know much about Indy racing, are critical/fatal accidents rare?




It's like F1 except full throttle all the way, the raised track on the outside basically means you don't have to slow down for corners - it's all about speed not nearly as many variables as F1.  And obviously safety isn't as big a concern.


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"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:

The aerial view certainly looked like he went that high. Plus, i read that when he was launched he was still at race speed.


6m is massively high.  I was trying to scale it based ont he car length which is about 3m and it didn't rise higher than a car's length


Edited by Zagros - 18 Oct 2011 at 13:43
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote drgonzaga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2011 at 16:28
Ah the chariot races haven't changed much in 2000 years have they? This sickening event has much to do with the layout of this particular track (Las Vegas wants risk takers and certainly does all possible to please the "house"). The oval tracks exist because you can charge admission, something that is quite impossible in the classic speed and endurance layout of F1, where the "paying audience" is limited to the temporary grandstands.

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Honi soit qui mal y pense
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Indeed. Although in the F1 there has been fatal accidents, the probability of them is a lot smaller than in these suicide races. There is a lot of difference between F1 races were the goal is to "drive", rather than just "speed up".
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